Catalonia is the first producing area of quality wines in Spain.
Wine’s culture, tradition and landscape are a symbol of Catalonia and a vital part of its history. Most wine production in Catalonia is under a Denomination of Origin. This translates into an added value in relation to traceability guarantee and quality standard fulfillment.
Wines with their own Denominations of Origin:
The Catalunya DO covers all of Catalonia and includes wines that have not been included in any other DO but do deserve brand backing because of their high quality.
Costers del Segre
A Denomination of Origin usually corresponds to a delimited part of a territorial area. However, this is not the case of Costers del Segre, which includes the whole of the province of Lleida and is divided into six sub-zones extending from Artesa de Segre to El Pallars Jussà. Hence there is a wide range of wines produced in different wineries.
Empordà – Costa Brava
Located north-east of Girona, the Empordà Costa-Brava DO consists of 5,600 hectares of vineyards. For making white wines, varieties of grenache, macabeu, xarel-lo and chardonnay grapes are grown. The most widespread variety used for red wine is carinyena, though of late the grenache, ull de llebre (tempranillo), cabernet sauvignon and merlot varieties have become quite important.
At many wine making centers in the Penedès DO visitors can learn about what happens to the grapes from when they arrive at the winery to when they are made into wine.
Pla de Bages
There are areas in addition to El Penedès that have strong wine making traditions. A good example is El Pla de Bages DO, which has won international awards in recent years. Maresme is home to the Alella DO, the smallest denomination area in Catalonia.
Conca de Barberà
Tarragona / Terra Alta
Neighbouring El Priorat are the Conca de Barberà, Terra Alta and Tarragona DOs which cover a large area of the Tarragona demarcation. The histories and traditions of all three are closely entwined with wine and a variety of viticulture visits can be made, especially to the Modernist wineries built by the architect Cèsar Martinell. Several co-operatives created at the beginning of the 20th century in La Conca de Barberà have wineries of this type. Just to the south lies the Tarragona DO. Terra Alta DO consisting of seventeen municipalities and in which its capital, Gandesa, has a leading role.
The wines from the Priorat DOQ (Qualified Denomination of Origin) and the Montsant DO are increasingly well-known, and their reputation and quality have already made their mark abroad. Wine experts from around the world come to visit to find out the reason for their high quality.
The castle was bought in 1923 by Mr. Miguel Mateu and since then the Suqué-Mateu family has turned the Perelada Group into one of the leading wine producers of Spain.
Castillo Perelada is nowadays a prestige reference, backed by the numerous international prizes won throughout the years by wines and cavas.
Learn more at www.castilloperalada.com
Gramona, our family winery, is located in the region of Barcelona, and lies at the foot of the Montserrat mountain range, on the shores of the Mediterranean in the heart of the Penedès denomination of origin.
For more than 125 years our family has been making cavas -- very unique and highly appreciated sparkling wines and wines with character. Both express the original personality of our winery and the traits of the special soils that nurture our wines.
Learn more at www.gramona.com
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